ORGAN PREVIEW: Well, you know, busy putting on shows and such, art shows that it, not bands, no no no, never again, no more gigs or bands, no, never full stop. Wasted far too many years in soundchecks and dealing with bands. Been busy with art shows this week (waste far too many years of my life hanging other people’s work and then sitting in galleries looking after the shows), then again Alex Ward soundchecks are always entertaining, one of the many bands Alex is currently involved in, Dead Days Beyond Help, are playing London’s Cafe Oto this Wednesday October 24th, here’s what Oto has to say about it…
“Dead Days Beyond Help is the duo of Alex Ward (guitar/vocals) and Jem Doulton (drums). Since forming in 2006, DDBH have honed a compositional approach previously heard to its fullest extent on their 2014 release “SEVERANCE PAY”, described by The Wire Magazine as “a reminder that there are still thrills aplenty to be gained from the pursuit of complexity… as playful as it is heavy, as atmospheric as it is cerebral”. In their live performances, these variously intricate, sweeping and violent compositions sit side by side with free-wheeling improvisational excursions (reflecting the members’ work with the likes of Steve Noble, Alan Wilkinson and Thurston Moore) and the whims of the moment, which could involve a leap into either a wall of flattening noise or the most emotionally direct country song. In negotiating this dizzying range of materials, DDBH bypass the pitfalls of irony and the obstacle course of genre by the simple guiding principle: intensity-at-all-costs”
We’ve written many many words about Dead Days Beyond Help, here’s a flavour or two in terms of what others have said
“Ward’s guitar work leaps between metallic crunch, Fripp-esque tangle and Chadbourne choogle with astounding energy and precision, while Doulton’s drumming swings with commensurate joy and fury” – Joseph Stannard, The Wire.
“Dead Days Beyond Help are just the job after a hard day at the void machine, their precise and frenetic compositions blowing away the debris and cleansing the mind.” – Simon Lewis, Terrascope Online.
And if Dead Days aren’t enough for you, then the rather impressive (and a band not heard of for quite some time, at least around these parts), I’m Being Good
“Brighton bands don’t come much more historic than I’m Being Good. Starting life as bedroom warrior Andrew Clare’s early 90’s guitar-dirge-on-tape steed, IBG swiftly clocked up five LPs of beautiful, ugly, detuned, spitting and spluttering rock, as well as numerous singles, tracks on compilations and two sessions for the John Peel show. The current lineup of Tom Barnes, Andrew Clare and Stuart O’Hare is featured on 2011’s “Mountain Language”, released on Gringo Records, and the band has also recorded records for such labels as Slampt!, Fisheye, Che, Destroy All Music, Lissy’s, Paroxysm (USA), Woozy (Australia), EE:Lettro (Italy), Area 51 (London), Kill Rockstars (USA) and their own INFINITE CHUG label. The band are renowned for their electrifying live shows and for playing themselves and their equipment into the ground”.
“slinging deliriously woozy lead guitars over tightly wound, angular art-rock foundations.” Stewart Lee, The Sunday Times.